Post-Doctoral Fellow & Interim Associate Director for The Futures Initiative
Frances Tran is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow and the Interim Associate Director of the Futures Initiative at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research draws on Asian American and multiethnic science and speculative fictions for the insights they offer into new modes of sensing, un-learning, and becoming that articulate pedagogies and practices for critiquing persisting forms of institutionalized racism. Engaging the speculative as variously a literary genre, research method, and critical practice, her scholarship strives to create space for realizing “other” humanities attuned to the continuing materiality of racial difference and social inequality. Recently, her research interests have expanded to consider the peculiar predicaments and possibilities of attending to the “minor”—the small, negligible, and insignificant—in the context of “major” ecological crises. She is especially interested in how following tiny aquatic life forms, pieces of refuse, and sinking islands in the Pacific enables the elaboration of eco-political imaginaries that point to ways of living otherwise within the inhospitable conditions of the present. Frances earned her PhD in English and a certificate in American Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center in spring 2016. She has taught courses on composition, literary studies, American and global literatures, modern and post-modern poetry, and American Studies at Queens College (CUNY), Rutgers University, and Fordham University.
American studies; Asian American studies; critical university studies; cultural studies; digital humanities; ecocriticism and ecofeminism; gender studies; race and ethnic studies; science and speculative fictions